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Crochet, Beads and One Bloom

Our walk into town today took us past Evie’s Cafe where they had spread out onto the street with their colourful chairs and tables. It being quite chilly, they had thoughtfully provided crochet rugs for everyone!

Rugs to warm the customers

Since I started my glass work,  I’ve been popping into each Charity shop hoping to find some pretty earrings, beads or bracelets that I can up-cycle. Today I found a gem, well, several gems in one bracelet and all for 50p. I’m very pleased. If any of my local readers have any such items they can spare, please let me know. You can find my first piece here.

Beady bracelet

The beautiful bouquet that the lovely Mr S received for his birthday 12 days ago have gone to be recycled – all but this one beautiful bloom which is in a special one flower display piece that we bought many years ago at Salts Mill in Yorkshire.

Single Gerbera

 
 

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Periwinkle, Heather and A Poem

A few moments in the front garden collecting photos – a Periwinkle and some white Winter Heather which, in its out-of-focus beauty minds me of a wedding dress.

White Tree Heather

Purple Periwinkle

And, today, a winter poem that looks towards hope for you:

Winter Stars – Sara Teasdale

I went out at night alone;
 The young blood flowing beyond the sea
Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings—
 I bore my sorrow heavily.
But when I lifted up my head
 From shadows shaken on the snow,
I saw Orion in the east
 Burn steadily as long ago.
From windows in my father’s house,
 Dreaming my dreams on winter nights,
I watched Orion as a girl
 Above another city’s lights.
Years go, dreams go, and youth goes too,
 The world’s heart breaks beneath its wars,
All things are changed, save in the east
 The faithful beauty of the stars.
 

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Recycled Glass Workshop and Roses

This afternoon I went on another glass workshop to make Christmas trees from recycled materials. I took some old earrings along and we used recycled glass, other old jewellery and wire out of cables. Here are three of mine – still to finish another. It was a brilliant encouraging class and I am delighted with my trees!

Recycled glass trees, strange perspective makes them look not triangular

I came home to find that another dear friend had called in with some roses! Thank you N,G&T, you lovely people.

These roses are not pink! They are a rich, deep velvety red and are gorgeous!

 

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Planter, A Dahlia and A Canna

I was in Penryn today and found this gloriously full planter in my favourite colours, one of the plants being Heliotrope which really lives up to its nickname of Cherry Pie.

Heliotrope

Side view with millstone and flowers

Our Dahlias are blooming.

White Dahlia

The Canna is in flower too.

Canna and Zebra Grass

Thank you all very much for so many thoughts about the the pink flower yesterday.  I think Heyjude and Arkenatum might have the right id, Crinum.  I hadn’t said that the stems were about 2ft tall and they do look a bit like Amaryllis. I really should have taken a photo of  the whole border.

 
 

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Shallots, Chickens and Pink

We harvested all our shallots a few weeks ago and now their skins have all dried, I have cleaned them up and they sit, golden and gorgeous, waiting to be used.

Home grown crop

Our new protective table cover is jolly.

Chickens

There were lots of these unusual flowers at the Meudon Hotel, great long borders of them. I’d love it if someone could identify it for me – no leaves, just long pink stalks with the large blooms on top, no perfume sadly.

What is this flower?

 

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Fused Glass, Freesias and Action for Happiness

I collected my piece of fused glass from The Craft Collective today, the piece that I made a couple of weeks ago in Lisa MacFarlane’s class. You may be able to see what I was aiming for………

My fused glass

Our lovely daughter No 3 brought some beautiful Suffragette coloured Freesias when she visited on Wednesday. They have now opened and smell so sweetly.

Freesias

I am trying to do all these things in Altruistic August, just not on the designated day. Actually, it’s how I try to live my life. When we walked along Cliff Road on Thursday, a sombre looking man was sitting alone on one of the benches resting, his crutches by his side. I simply smiled and said, “This was one of my favourite walks when I was on crutches, flat and safe,” and he beamed back, clearly pleased to have been spoken to with empathy. When we looked back, he was on his way again.

Altruistic August

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2018 in art, flowers, glass, Photography, Postaday2018

 

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Heliotrope, Cosmos and Petunia

The scent of the Heliotrope is just wonderful, not for nothing is its nickname Cherry Pie. The bees love it too.

Heliotrope with Bee

They also love the Cosmos.

Cosmos

I saw this pretty

Petunia

Petunia at the garden centre and want to grow it ourselves next year.

 
 

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